Orion 201: System Management & Monitoring Public Training Class

The Loop1 SolarWinds Orion 201 Advanced Training 4-day class takes an in-depth look at NPM, NCM, SAM, DPA, WPM, VMAN, SRM, Custom SQL Alerts and Reports

Attendance on the Loop1 Orion 101 class is not a pre-requisite, but this class will not cover installation or provide a basic overview of NPM, SAM, NCM and the Orion Platform.

Students would highly benefit from a basic understanding of the Transact SQL and PowerShell languages, but prior knowledge is not required.

Day 1 Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Orion Architecture Best Practices
  • Primary Polling Engine
  • Additional Polling Engines
  • Additional Web Engines
  • SQL Server
Discovery of Nodes in the Enterprise
Out-of-the-Box Monitoring vs. Custom Pollers
  • Creation of Universal Device Pollers
  • Creation of Custom Device Studio Pollers
NetPath Configuration
Network Insight for F5 Devices Overview

Students will perform NPM discovery in the context of application monitoring and mapping. They will get hands-on experience running network discovery scans.

Day 2 Network Configuration Manager (NCM) & Server and Application Monitoring (SAM)

Initial Configuration of NCM
  • Creating Customized Device Templates
  • Creating Customized Configuration Change Templates
  • Working with and Understanding Compliance
  • Overview of Change Approval Process
SAM Architecture Best Practices
  • Additional Polling Engines and Web Engines
  • SQL Server
Discovery of Applications in the Enterprise
AppInsight Templates vs Standard Templates
  • AppInsight
  • IIS, SQL, ActiveDirectory, and Microsoft Exchange
Custom Script Component Monitors
  • Create Custom PowerShell Script Monitors
Baselining and Thresholds for Application Alerts

Students will see how to manipulate monitored objects directly in the Orion database while gaining an in-depth understanding of how to map all components of an application within an application delivery environment. Students will gain an understanding of how to monitor availability and performance, including identifying and setting thresholds for application performance.

Day 3 Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), Website Performance Monitor (WPM), Virtualization Manager (VMAN), Storage Resource Monitor (SRM), AppStack View, and Application Maps

Initial Configuration of DPA
  • Importing IPAM data best-practices and caveats
Integration of DPA with Orion and SAM
  • DPA Overview and Monitoring waits
  • Blocks, Alerting & Reporting from the DPA Web Console
Configuration of WPM
Overview of WPM Capabilities
  • User-Experience Monitoring Theories
  • Alerting and Reporting with WPM data
Initial Configuration of VMAN
Integration of VMAN with Orion
VMAN Management
Alerting, and Reporting from the Orion Platform
Configuration of SRM
Alerting and Reporting with SRM data
Using Orion Maps to Create Hybrid Application Maps for the Enterprise
SolarWinds AppStack View Overview

Students will learn the differences between AppInsight and custom template monitors, and deploy both AppInsight for SQL and DPA.

Day 4 Custom SQL Alerts & Reports

Introduction to the Transact-SQL language and basic queries
Introduction to the Orion SQL Database schema
Custom SQL Reporting using both the Web Report Engine and the Orion Report Writer application
Custom SQL Alerts using the Web Alert Engine
Introduction to the SolarWinds Query Language (SWQL)

Meet the Instructor

Bill Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Loop1
Bill Fitzpatrick

As a founding member of Loop1 and current Chairman and CEO, Bill has recently stepped back into the classroom to lead the SolarWinds training practice he established some ten years ago at Loop1. A natural instructor and self-proclaimed geek at heart, Bill has a passion for helping others with technology, and in particular, for translating technical concepts into plain English. He started his career as a network engineer and has been working with SolarWinds tools since 2000. He currently holds 5 SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP) certifications (NPM, NCM, NTA, SAM, and A&D).

Marcus Jacomb

Marcus Jacomb is a Field Systems Engineer at Loop1 in Cork, Ireland—providing remote and onsite support consultancy across all SolarWinds IT network management and monitoring tools. He has a vast amount of experience in working with clients of varying sizes and across a range of industry sectors, assisting with their SolarWinds deployments. This includes installation services, configuration, consulting, troubleshooting, system design, support, and training provision.

Marcus is an enthusiastic, outgoing, self-driven and professional individual who thrives on new, exciting challenges and hard work. He has achieved all available SolarWinds certifications and plans to continue to learn and certify as new exams become available.

Darryl Drinkwater

Darryl has spent the whole of his working career focused on the Management and Monitoring of IT Systems and networks, often within secured environments. He has been working with SolarWinds software for more than 20 years, and currently holds all 8 available SCP’s, as well as being a SolarWinds Channel Champion.

Darryl has a background in training and development, with a post-graduate award from Cambridge University and a Fellowship from the Learning & Performance Institute. He has an evangelists zeal for implementing consistent, accurate and effective system monitoring following ITIL guidelines.

A typical week for Darryl consists of 50% end-user training and 50% consultancy provision for clients of all sizes and across all industry sectors. Darryl is a frequent participant and invited speaker at trade shows and conferences.

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